US tops Canada 4-1 to claim bronze at hockey worlds
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) Sweden capped a victorious run through the ice hockey world championship by edging Switzerland 3-2 on Sunday in the final after a penalty shootout to successfully defend its title.
Forward Filip Forsberg scored the decisive goal in the shootout to give Sweden a third world title in six years, and 11th overall.
Sweden won all 10 matches at the tournament.
”We wanted to win the gold medal, and here we are,” Sweden forward Viktor Arvidsson said. ”It’s unbelievable, especially for Filip (Forsberg). He’s a great player, one of our top players. It’s unbelievable to win with my teammates.”
”We had the puck a lot,” Arvidsson said. ”They did a great job defending.”
Sweden outshot Switzerland 38-27 but could not get the puck past goaltender Leonardo Genoni.
Switzerland finished runner-up for the third time after 2013 and 1935. It has never won.
”We battled hard … all the tournament long,” Switzerland defenseman Mirco Muller said. ”Once you look at the bigger picture, it’s huge for Swiss hockey. But right now, there’s a disappointment. We definitely had our chances.”
Switzerland stunned Canada 3-2 in the semifinals after a 3-2 upset against Finland in the quarterfinals.
”They were close to winning the whole championship. So, credit to them,” Sweden forward Magnus Paajarvi said.
Timo Meier scored a second period power play goal to restore the one-goal advantage for Switzerland in the second.
Mika Zibanejad equalized on a power play from the point, forcing overtime.
Earlier Sunday, the United States topped Canada 4-1 to claim the bronze medal.
Chris Kreider led the U.S. with two goals.
”It’s important for the team but it’s also important for USA Hockey,” U.S. captain Patrick Kane said. ”Now, we can build up off this level and try to keep being better and better.”
Kane had an assist in the game to finish the tournament with 20 points for eight goals and 12 assists, the first player to do so since 2008.
”Obviously I’m here to produce and try to create offense and make plays out there,” Kane said. ”Overall, I’m happy … it was a fun tournament and a great experience for me and I hope it will help me with my career going forward too.”
Canada had to settle for a disappointing fourth-place finish.